4 things you should know about tech talent compensation in Ann Arbor

We’ve all seen the news articles touting “crazy” tech salaries on the east and west coasts. We know anecdotally that Ann Arbor and the midwest generally is sheltered from those markets – but by how much? Ann Arbor SPARK recently conducted a survey (in partnership with the Workforce Intelligence Network) for tech companies in Ann Arbor asking …

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Consider the following: a small town + big city culture + a diverse innovation economy. Too good to be true? Think again…

Consider the following: a small town + big city culture + a diverse innovation economy. Too good to be true? Think again…   Concentration of Driving Industries According to Ann Arbor SPARK’s recently published Economic Benchmarking Report, Washtenaw County performs higher than the national average in driving industry employment. Driving industries are businesses that sell …

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More than 70 Downtown Ann Arbor Companies to Open Their Doors to Community… and Job Seekers!!

Ann Arbor SPARK’s A2 Tech Trek 2017 Set for June 16 More than 70 Downtown Ann Arbor Companies to Open Their Doors to Community… and Job Seekers!!  Leading technology companies will participate in the third annual A2 Tech Trek on June 16, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m. A2 Tech Trek, a free event, features …

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A Few Fundraising Basics for New Startups

  Entrepreneurs face an uphill battle when attempting to raise capital to grow their business.  The reality is that the probability of raising “risk capital” – namely venture or angel capital – is very low for most startups.  Some of the common reasons companies don’t qualify include: Not in a high-enough-growth technology sector Product isn’t …

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Mayor Honors Washtenaw Community College during National Community College Month

Ann Arbor, Mich., – April 26, 2017 – As part of the celebration of National Community College Month in April, the Mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., Christopher Taylor, issued a proclamation urging all citizens to recognize and appreciate the outstanding contributions Washtenaw Community College makes to the community. The proclamation noted that for more than …

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WCC President Receives Award from Michigan Works! Southeast for Outstanding Service in Workforce Development

WCC President Receives Award from Michigan Works! Southeast for Outstanding Service in Workforce Development   ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 7, 2017 – Washtenaw Community College President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca has been selected by Michigan Works! Southeast to receive an award for Outstanding Service in Workforce Development in Washtenaw County. Bellanca and other workforce development staff, program …

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United Way of Washtenaw County Announces Cynthia Wilbanks as Woman of the Year

November 14, 2016 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – University of Michigan Vice President for Government Relations, Cynthia Wilbanks, has been selected by Women United (formerly the Women’s Leadership Initiative) of the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) as the 2017 Woman of the Year.  Ms. Wilbanks will be honored at the UWWC’s “Power of the Purse” …

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Livingston County Partners with Flint MTA to Help Increase the Talent Pipeline

Livingston County Partners with Flint MTA to Help Increase the Talent Pipeline It’s no secret that quality talent is critical to a business’s success. During post-recession recovery, the unemployment rate in Michigan has consistently declined, reaching rates lower than the national average. In fact, 25 percent of Michigan residents live in one of 13 counties …

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Atomic Object Hires 3 Developers Through AI Competition, Grows Ann Arbor Office 25 Percent

Atomic Object’s Ann Arbor office will grow by 25 percent this spring. The custom software design shop hired three new computer science graduates recruited through an artificial intelligence competition. In January, the company hosted the 2017 Atomic Games in its downtown Ann Arbor office, modeled after a similar event held in Atomic’s Grand Rapids office …

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Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees Reaffirms Commitment to Student Success

Ann Arbor, Mich., March 1, 2017 — The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to update and approve the college’s “Assurance of Student Success” board policy. The Assurance of Student Success Policy is a guarantee that ensures students, employers, and educational partners at four year colleges and universities that all WCC degree graduates …

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UMCU, U-M partner to provide financial education for Wolverine Pathways

 UMCU, U-M partner to provide financial education for Wolverine Pathways  ANN ARBOR (February 27, 2017)– More than 100 middle-school and high-school students across southeast Michigan can learn more about setting financial goals and effective budgeting thanks to a new partnership between the University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU) and the University of Michigan. UMCU will …

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If you haven’t been to the Pinckney Community Schools Cyber Training Institute, you’re not doing it right.

If you haven’t been to the Pinckney Community Schools Cyber Technology Institute, you’re not doing it right. Within the education community, Pinckney Community Schools (PCS) has long been known for its innovative approach to teaching. PCS has one of the top robotics and mechatronics programs in the country, runs hands-on business education classes, and has …

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Washtenaw Community College – Free College Day

  WHAT: Free College Day is a popular biannual event where the community can enjoy the breadth and depth of educational opportunities that students experience every day at Washtenaw Community College. A variety of classes led by WCC faculty and staff will be offered during three sessions (9:30-10:30am, 11:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-2:00pm). Topics range from “iPhone …

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SwRI to receive DOE award for connected and automated vehicle technology

Three-year project aims to reduce fuel consumption 20 percent San Antonio — Feb. 13, 2017 — A team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been awarded up to $2.9 million in funding to develop connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies aimed at improving fuel economy by more than 20 percent. The project is part …

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